The British Daily Mail has released new footage of a police officer killing George Floyd on May 25, which sparked a wave of protests in several cities.
The footage came from the body cameras of Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng, two of the four officers who were part of the fatal arrest of the African American in Minneapolis.
Floyd was under arrest at the time, facing charges of trying to pay for a pack of cigarettes in a store with a counterfeit $20 bill.
The images show one of the officers tapping the window of the 46-year-old man’s vehicle to get him to open the door. Immediately, the officer points a gun at Floyd while another officer pulls him out of the car.
One of the officers then puts handcuffs on Floyd while the other officer argues with other people in the vehicle.
You can see how the police officers move the detainee to the patrol car in the following images. Once there, Floyd refuses to get into the vehicle, claiming that he has claustrophobia and should be allowed to leave.
At that point, after resisting authorities, one of the officers, Derek Chauvin, puts Floyd on the ground and sticks his knee into the victim’s neck. From the ground, the man repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe.”
The officer stands over Floyd for almost nine minutes, even after he appeared to be unconscious. Finally, when the ambulance arrives, the victim is dead.
According to the local Star Tribune, the two officers’ footage was made available to the public in mid-July at the Hennepin County Courthouse.
A Minneapolis judge had ruled that the videos could only be viewed in court, prohibiting their recording and public broadcast.
The videos published by the Daily Mail, appear to have been recorded via a device while the images were playing on a laptop in a court conference room. The Daily Mail has not said how it obtained the footage.
According to the Star Tribune report, Hennepin County District Court spokesman Spenser Bickett confirmed that the court was aware of the leak and that an investigation was underway.
Former agents Alex Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao are accused of aiding and abetting Floyd’s murder. Meanwhile, Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
After Floyd’s death, a wave of protests emerged in many cities, led mainly by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and infiltrated by members of the violent antifa organization.
Regarding antifa, President Donald Trump indicated in June that he was considering categorizing it as “terrorist group.”
Since the protests began, the White House has reported that the protests have been infiltrated by violent groups that have caused millions of dollars in damage and irretrievable losses to public property.
“In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far-left extremists,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in late May.
According to a July report by the Daily Caller, many cities experienced more than two months of violent protests that left businesses vandalized, buildings burned, and “liberated” areas where crime and killings increased exponentially.